Esther F. Dubin, nurse

Esther F. Dubin, a retired coronary care nurse whose career spanned more than four decades, died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease at her Mount Washington home. She was 69.

The daughter of Charles Farber, an Internal Revenue Service agent, and Jessie Farber, a homemaker, Esther Frances Faga Eta Elaine Farber was born in Baltimore and raised on Pimlico Road.

She was a 1962 graduate of Milford Mill High School and graduated in 1965 from Sinai Hospital's School of Nursing.

She spent nearly her entire career in coronary care nursing at Sinai Hospital, where she was the first head nurse of the hospital's coronary care step-down unit. She was named Nurse of the Year in 1971 and retired in 2008.

"Inasmuch as our daughter, Rachel, was profoundly deaf, Esther was her advocate throughout her entire education at Park School," said her husband of 44 years, Benjamin J. Dubin, a CPA who is a partner in the accounting firm of Neuman & Associates LLC.

"Rachel, who never learned to sign, graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1998 from Goucher College using her lip-reading skills," said Mr. Dubin, who said his daughter went on to earn a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University and works for the Institute for Defense Analysis in Washington.

Mrs. Dubin was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and was active with Associated Jewish Charities Young Women's Leadership. She was also a world traveler.

Services were held Wednesday at Sol Levinson & Bros. in Pikesville.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Rachel Dubin, who lives in Washington, Mrs. Dubin is survived by her sister, Lorraine Blumberg of Pikesville.

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